A Census Graphic Worth 1,000 Words

A Census Graphic Worth 1,000 Words

My UGA Geography Department colleague Jerry Shannon is doing very interesting research related to the Athens community.

Today he posted a very simple image, based on 2010 U.S. Census data, depicting the population of Athens in terms of self-identified race/ethnic identity.  See above.  He’s looking at elementary school zones; the dots depict people, and the lines are the boundaries of the different school zones.

I think 10 different Athenians could look at this image and come away with 10 different insights about the Classic City.  Data-rich images like Jerry’s really are worth 1,000 words, or more.  I see segregation, and infer the different challenges likely faced by different elementary schools in CCSD.  You may see something entirely different.

I think the important thing is that we see it–that we see each other.  There is much not-seeing in Athens; you have to start somewhere, to understand that your part of Athens is not necessarily the same as someone else’s part of Athens.  That’s the beginning of empathy, which is the starting point for real change.

I’ll post this image on my campaign Facebook page as well.


CCSD Budget Approval Tonight June 2

CCSD Budget Approval Tonight June 2

The FY17 budget for the Clarke County School District will be voted on at tonight’s board meeting at 6 pm at the H. T. Edwards complex, I am informed.  Normally the first Thursday of each month is a “work session,” but tonight’s work session will be preceded by both a “regular Board meeting” as well as a private executive session.

The summary of the tentative CCSD budget that is found here provides some updates on the salary data I discussed in an earlier blog post.   The board members’ collective salaries are unchanged in FY17.  Principals’ and assistant principals’ salaries are up to $4.21 million collectively, almost $1 million more than all the salaries for aides and parapros put together.

The superintendent’s salary is up to almost a quarter-million dollars (see image above).  Compared to 2015 salaries statewide, this would place the Clarke County superintendent just outside of the top 10 salaries for superintendents statewide.  For comparison with UGA salaries from the same site, the superintendent’s salary is just a few thousand dollars above the median 2015 pay for a dean at UGA.

For comparison, the median salary in 2015 for a high-school teacher in CCSD was in the low fifties range, and the median salary for a middle-school teacher in CCSD was in the upper forties.

See you at the Board meeting tonight.